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■ Injury Risk Reduction Program This program was designed to reduce employee injury risk, thereby enabling them to work, exercise, and live without preventable physical limitations that often result from injuries. The following steps outline program development, implementation and success: ■ Step 1: Support - National: A report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police states, “To reiterate, it is the IACP’s position that no injury or death to a law enforcement officer is acceptable. Therefore, it is vitally important that all agencies instill a strong culture of safety. Track- ing injuries is one important first step toward creating this culture of safety. Through injury tracking, agencies will be better informed as to what types of injuries are occurring and will be able to mitigate the risks for those injuries by targeting resources and instituting policies and procedures. It is also important that there is adequate safety preparation and training and that safety regulations and practices are reinforced throughout all levels of a department.” - Local: SCSO Senior Command Staff supported the Wellness Program Manager’s Action Plan to team with the Professional Development Training Instructors to follow the IACP’s direction. ■ Step 2: Assessment of Injury Trends - Aggregate Health Data: Defensive Tactics training is traditionally one of the most physically intense and injury- prone trainings in law enforcement. SCSO aggregate health reports indicated that the agency did not fall outside of the norms. These were developed by the Wellness Program Manager via assessing the Lesson Plans for movement patterns that had the highest injury risk, and using kinesiology-based solutions to reduce injury risk. A specific example of how this was effective includes classic, physically-intense takedowns. To protect participants from incurring joint dislocations, broken bones, muscle/tendon/ligament tears and other ■ Step 3: Action Plan Development - “SCSO Safety Protocols for Injury Risk Reduction”:

Understanding this concept, SCSO designed the Wellness Program to help employees combat and overcome health issues with a two-fold approach. The first component, the SCSO Injury Risk Reduction Program , has served as an immediate- based solution to identify and stop common injury triggers. The second component, SCSO’s Operation Thrive, has served as a more long-term solution to increase physical strength and wellness, which in turn reduces employee vulnerability to injury and illness. It’s worth noting that keeping employee needs and lifestyles at the forefront during all phases of program design has kept the Wellness Program relatable to employees, and also ensured the wellness solutions are practical and affordable. These have been key factors to making a positive impact in employee wellness improvement. Success Strategies That Are Efficient, Effective and Transferable SCSO is comprised of Deputy Sheriffs, Detention Deputies and civilian personnel, all of whom teamed together to achieve great mea- surable results. Within the first two years of SCSO’s Wellness Program establishment and implementation, annual injury costs were reduced by approximately $250,000. The Wellness Program also helped em- ployees lose over 1,000 pounds of weight, meet the recommended exercise quotas issued by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), im- prove their nutrition and identify previously undiagnosed high blood pressure. Although industry studies show that employers traditionally spend thousands of dollars on extrinsic incentives given to employees in an attempt to motivate them to achieve these results, SCSO achieved these results without spending a dime on extrinsic incentives. SCSO Wellness Program Manager Mandy Nice attributes the program successes to the synergy of: inspiration from FBI Health & Fitness Instructor E.J. O’Malley and the entire FBI National Academy Health Fitness Instructor team, strong support from SCSO Command Staff and of course, the commendable ambition and drive of employ- ees She used science-based, research-proven strategies to customize key health initiatives based on the agency’s needs and employee preferences. Specifically, here’s how two of the SCSO’s signature programs work:

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